Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Stamford Bridge

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"What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/5/2020


Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.

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"So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/3/2020


DOWNSIZING: A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO CONVERTING 15/18MM MINIATURES TO 10MM

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"Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/31/2020


509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group

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If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 7/13/2020


More Spotlight articles...


Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

More Grognard Originals...


Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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Wargaming - General Info

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Methods of Playing Games via the Internet

Internet/Network Based Games and PBEM

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The Internet can be used as a medium to play games. Playing this way overcomes the lack of local opponents and games are available whenever you want. Any board game can be Played By EMail (PBEM), as distinct from Playing By postal Mail (PBM). Please review the links below for more information. Please feel free to contact us with additions or corrections to the links below.

 

Playing Games via the Internet


There are a mailing list for discussing PBM games in general.

Richard Rognlie maintains a generic PBEM server which automatically runs a growing number of abstract board games.


BrettspielWelt allows live play of popular German board games over the Internet.


Imagine Image Multimedia - We broadcast miniature wargames!!!    [Updated on 24-Dec-2017]
On our site, you’ll find various links and applications that we use to conduct a miniatures game live, using Pan Tilt Zoom IP cameras, a/v chat software for audio and webcam conversations, and other features. Broadcasting miniatures games has come along way since the early days of our development in the technology. Members who wish to participate in the online game need only have a computer and chat function app to issue audio instructions to the judge running the game!


 

Board Wargames via Internet/Email

To PBEM a board wargame involves opponents exchanging records of the position and actions of units and rolling dice to determine outcomes. Software is available to help you do this.

Support for just about all the above packages is offered by PBeM Emporium.

There are a number of die rolling services for use in PBEM:-

A UNIX shell script and C source code for building an email die roller is available.

There is a dedicated die roller for Victory in the Pacific: email the word 'help' to vitpdice@dartmouth.East.Sun.COM for details.

Aide-de-Card (DOS), is a PBeM aid for two-player card games and card based games such as Up Front, We The People, Hannibal, or Down in Flames. Aide-de-Card allows players to set up a game by editing a description file that defines the cards in the deck:-

  • create a deck of cards using an ASCII text file
  • shuffle the deck, deal cards, play cards, etc
  • pass the "deck" between players as an ASCII text file

Thoth is a PBWeb card tool which manages cards (shuffling, drawing, flipping cards and so on. It can be used to play by email (PBEM) or as a "virtual tabletop" where two participants use custom decks in a live match. It can handle card-based games like Up Front, Down in Flames and, in the near future, should be capable of handling games like Hannibal.

The Automated Card Tracking System is a PBEM aid for handling the cards used in 30 Years War, Blue vs Gray, For The People, Hannibal, Paths of Glory, Republic of Rome, Successors, Titan, We The People and Wilderness War but can have other card sets added.

Cryptographic software can be used in PBEM for hidden movement, hidden picks, allowing players to both GM and play in a multiplayer PBEM and to validate secret treaties. Sealed virtual envelopes can also be used for hidden movement.

Opponents for many board wargames can be found by posting to: Consim-l, rec.games.board, rec.games.pbm or the Consimworld Discussion Board. Eric Pass maintains a list of board wargames people want to PBEM. Taiaut!is a free site (in French) for gamers wanting to PBEM games by Avalon hill, Victory Games, The Gamers, Clash of Arms, and so on.

 For a small fee you can find opponents by joining the Avalon Hill Intercontinental Kriegspiel Society (AHIKS), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to PBM and PBEM board wargaming. A rating system for AHIKS members exists called AREA for PBM games.

Hexwar.com offers the interactive online play of a number of SPI and Decision Games board wargames. Vassal offers real-time play (using Java) of a growing range of games..

Finally there is a web page which runs miniature wargames via the web, allowing players to view battles by means of photographs.


 

Computer Wargames

It is also possible to play a number of computer wargames PBEM, by exchanging saved game files between players or networked. The Gamers Net PBEM FAQ contains much useful advice for beginners.

PBEM Helper simplifies the transfer of move files for a number of computer wargames.

Sites organising PBEM/networked computer wargames:

PBEM facilities for particular computer wargames:

Some computer games can be played interactively via the Internet: the Multiplayer Combat Simulations page gives a list of these.


 

Network Wargames/Games

There are a growing number of games which can only be played via a network, typically the Internet. Collections of such games can be found at: